South West Wales

40-mile police car chase of teenager referred to IPCC

A 40-mile police chase of a 15-year-old driver which ended with a crash in Carmarthenshire has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Officers pursued the boy for 50 minutes before he crashed a Fiat Punto he stole in Pembrokeshire into another car.

Dyfed-Powys Police carried out its own review of the January incident before referring the matter to the IPCC.

A spokeswoman for the force said the referral was standard procedure.

"We have conducted an internal review of this incident and have referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission," the spokeswoman said.

"It would be inappropriate therefore, to comment any further at this time."

The chase began when the car was taken in Saundersfoot and ended with a crash in Burry Port. All those involved went to hospital with minor injuries.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to charges including theft, dangerous driving, having no licence and no insurance.

He was given a two-year youth rehabilitation order at Haverfordwest Magistrates' Court on Monday.

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